Eoconfuciusornis. Image Credit: Dr. Xiaoli Wang.

Keratin and Melanosomes Preserved in 130-Million-Year-Old Bird Fossil

November 21, 2016

New research from North Carolina State University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Linyi University has found evidence of original keratin and melanosome preservation in a 130-million-year-old Eoconfuciusornis specimen. The work extends the timeframe in which original molecules may preserve, and demonstrates the ability to distinguish between ancient microstructures in fossils. Eoconfuciusornis, crow-sized primitive birds… Read More >

Screenshot from "Soapy the Germ Fighter"

Museum’s Final Friday takes a closer look at “Those Naughty Germs” – Nov. 25

November 15, 2016

RALEIGH — Bacteria. We kill them with pills, spray them with bleach, and scrape them off our teeth every morning. But they also help digest our food, keep our crops healthy, and apparently they live in fancy yogurt. So how do you know the good from the bad? Enter the amazing world of germs when… Read More >

WRAL's Greg Fishel

Museum hosts Fishel Town Hall discussion of E.O Wilson’s Half-Earth Project, Dec. 1

November 10, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. — Our survival is inextricably entwined with the survival of all species that call our planet home, yet our current destructive trajectory is resulting in mass extinction of species and irreparable damage to our world. How do we change our current course and better conserve, or even serve, the natural world? Join WRAL… Read More >

NEC building during the Grand Opening, with flags on Legislative Building.

Museum offers discounted admission to featured exhibition Veterans Day weekend

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is offering $5 tickets to its featured exhibition – “The Secret World Inside You” – for military personnel and their families this Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 11-13, 2016. Microbes — the term used for organisms that are too small to be seen with the naked eye — have… Read More >

Head in the Clouds by Julie Cardillo. Oil on paper. (Cropped)

“Groundlessness” by Julie Cardillo to open at the Museum’s Nature Art Gallery on Friday, November 4

November 3, 2016

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery presents, “Groundlessness” by Julie Cardillo, Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 27. A Gallery reception will be held Friday, November 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. inside the Museum Store. *The store will also close at 6 p.m. following the reception. Cardillo says… Read More >